When Andrew graduated from college, he founded Bradford & Reed, a company that ran a collection of start-ups. After he sold the last big chuck of that start-up, he took a long vacation, spending his days cycling and traveling. Now, Andrew runs Mixergy.com, where he invites proven Entrepreneurs to teach how they built their startups. On Mixergy, he has had the founders of Wikipedia, Groupon, LivingSocial, LinkedIn, and over 600 other fascinating start-ups.
Andrew used to have terrible insomnia. Once he learned to pay attention to his thoughts he found out, it was the reason he couldn’t fall asleep because his mind would wander.
Andrew Warner sleep hacks
1. Keep things simple.
2. Train your mind to relax by:
a. Being grateful
b. Plan for the next day
c. Create a story and focus on it
What is your sleep cycle?
I go to sleep around 11:00 pm and wake at 5:30 am. I don’t mind staying up later, but I hate waking up after 5:30 am.
As an entrepreneur with a crazy schedule, how do you manage to get enough sleep at night?
The problem for entrepreneurs isn’t the lack of time to sleep, but the inability to sleep well in the time we have.
I used to have terrible insomnia. What I learned from paying attention to my thoughts is that reason I couldn’t fall asleep is my mind would wander. It would get carried away with thoughts like, “I can’t believe I didn’t send that email today” or “what if my revenue drops tomorrow” or “I’ve been laying here for 30 minutes and I’m still not asleep” or “What if I don’t get enough sleep tonight and I’m a wreck tomorrow?”
Once I learned to quiet my mind, I was finally able to sleep.
Now I can usually fall asleep within 2 minutes of putting my book away.
Do you have a ritual before going to bed?
I like to read a book or a few blogs to relax after getting to bed. I keep things simple.
Do you have any sleep Hacks?
Yeah, I train my mind to relax using a technique that helps me fall asleep.
I close my eyes and mentally list 3 things I’m grateful for. Then I think of one thing I want for the next day and trust will happen. Then I start to go through a story I made up for myself. My mind focuses on my story, which keeps me from worrying about the next day or about whether I’ll fall asleep or anything else. That’s how I fall asleep within minutes.